The Indiana Pacers came back to earth on day two of the Orlando Pro Summer League, falling to the Charlotte Hornets 80-70. After shooting 57% yesterday, Indiana was just 42% today, including 3-14 from three point range. After picking up eight points yesterday, Indiana secured just 0.5 points today by tying the second quarter. The biggest difference today was the overall lack of contributions from Indiana's roster guys.
Glenn Robinson III would lead Indiana with 16 points on 7-15 shooting, but just 1-6 from three point range. Robinson had some struggles defensively, but generally came away the best player on the Pacers today. He was helped along by Shayne Whittington, who was the only other Pacer to reach double figures with 12. Whittington was just 2-6 from the floor, but made his mark on free throws, working his way to the line 12 times, hitting eight of his attempts.
Whittington had seven rebounds in a game the Pacers outrebounded Charlotte, but losing the turnover battle (15-11) combined with six fewer three pointers did Indiana in. Joe Young was 0-2 himself from the beyond the arc, scoring just six points after an explosion yesterday. Young looked away from his shot, but deferring didn't help Indiana a whole lot, as evidenced by his three assists.
Georges Niang looked good early, but neither he nor Rakeem Christmas could get much going offensively. The duo combined for 10 points and nine rebounds, committing 13 fouls along the way. Despite the general woes of Indiana's offense, they managed to stay in the game until the late stages of the fourth thanks to the play of Nate Wolters and the reserves.
Wolters scored nine points on 4-10 shooting, getting a few really good shots to go, as Indiana also got good minutes from Scotty Hopson (five points, three rebounds, three assists), Julian Jacobs (four points, four rebounds), and Jaron Johnson (four points, two steals). Hopson and Jacobs, along with Armani Moore (two points, three rebounds) were the only positive +/- players for the Pacers today, and a Stephan Hicks bucket guaranteed all 11 players scored for Indiana today.
The Pacers will get a day off heading into their Wednesday matchup against the Detroit Pistons. Indiana will hope to bring a renewed energy into the game with Detroit, who also swept their first game of Summer League. The game will be at 5:00 p.m.